FKO AfterSchool opens with ribbon-cutting at Youth In Motion

AdvocateNews042916cropFriday, April 29, 2016 – Advocate News – For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) recently held the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of their new facility, Youth In Motion on Broadway, providing a safe space for area children to work, play and unwind. Excitement was in the air for the event. Deborah Kneeland Keegan, FKO’s executive director, said her staff told they felt like it was Christmas morning.

Construction for the $2.8 million project broke ground last year. The new building was funded by the state’s Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund, community grants, donors and FKO. It can hold up to 120 children.

“Children needed time and space to unwind and move,” Kneeland Keegan said about the desire to have a new building. Her dream came true with the new building. The two-story building has a library and computer lab, a nutrition cafe, a halfcourt gymnasium and a dance and yoga studio. There is also a kitchen and a classroom.

House Speaker Robert Deleo (D-Winthrop) said he was impressed by FKO and the new facility. “FKO has [been a] positive force for many years now,” he said. “When kids are healthy, they are ready to learn.”

State Rep. RoseLee Vincent (DRevere) said she was also proud to have FKO in Revere. “I just look at around at this amazing facility and say, ‘Wow, how lucky we are to have you in Revere,’” she said.

She also said the new building was a “perfect addition to the revitalization of Broadway.”

Mayor Brian Arrigo could not be in attendance, but his wife Daveen said the opening of the facility was something the mayor was looking forward to for a long time. “We are so proud of you. We know you have worked very hard, and it’s a dream come true,” she said. See more photos here >